scathe

noun
\ˈskāt͟h, ˈskāth\

Definition of scathe 

(Entry 1 of 2)

scathe

verb
\ˈskāt͟h \
scathed; scathing

Definition of scathe (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to do harm to specifically : scorch, sear

2 : to assail with withering denunciation

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Other Words from scathe

Noun

scatheless \ˈskāt͟h-​ləs \ adjective

Examples of scathe in a Sentence

Verb

newspaper cartoonists scathed the lecherous governor with a series of cruel caricatures

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Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football debates always seem to scathe a few players in the new, with last Monday’s discussions centred around Newcastle forward Dwight Gayle. SI.com, "Jamie Carragher Calls Out Premier League Striker for Being 'Sub-Standard'," 13 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of scathe

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scathe

Noun

Middle English skathe, from Old Norse skathi; akin to Old English sceatha injury, Greek askēthēs unharmed

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The first known use of scathe was in the 13th century

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